Throughout 2020, humanity had to learn to adapt, as did the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI). We welcomed our first Executive Director, first formal Advisory Board, and as the pandemic evolved, so did our sea-going expeditions. As a result, Falkor remained one of the only research vessels in the world that operated throughout the year, leading to many notable discoveries. We brought to life stories of hope and wonder during SOI’s first dedicated geographic campaign exploring the beautiful depths of Australia’s waters. Among them were newsworthy sightings of the world’s longest sea creature, a 45-meter siphonophore; a new coral reef standing taller than the Empire State Building; more than 50 new potential species; and a rare video recording of the Ram’s Horn Squid.